PESHAWAR - Members of Christian community have demanded the government and law enforcement agencies to take proactive security measures for protection of Churches, missionary schools and their residential colonies amid threats by militants to carryout more attacks on minorities across the country.
Addressing a news conference here at the Peshawar Press Club on Saturday, Chairman All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA), Dr Pal Bhatti said that the attack on Church was a outrageous act of terrorism in which innocent people, including women, children were targeted. "We don't need to waste time on debate as to why and how this attack was carried out on the Church but the government and law enforcement agencies should workout a comprehensive security plan to prevent such attacks on minorities in future," Dr Bhatti said. Flanked by Pastor Ejaz Gul and members of victims' families, he said the Peshawar incident shouldn't link with religion, as it was basically a terrorism act. "No religion permits to carryout such cowardly act against the innocent people, those people involved in this incident wanted to sow seeds of enmity among the people of various religious sects," he said.
Dr Bhatti said that the attack was against the solidarity and integrity of the country and peace, which aimed to create differences among the minorities and people of other religions in Pakistan. He said the Christian community is also citizen of the state and government responsibility to take effective steps for protection of their lives and properties. Meanwhile, in a separate press conference of All Pakistan Council of World Religions (Faith Friends) strongly condemned the attack on Church and bomb blast on a bus of government civil servants in Peshawar.